Publications by authors named "Ashley S Long"

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A Case of Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection Secondary to Perforated Colon Cancer.

Cureus 2021 Sep 2;13(9):e17663. Epub 2021 Sep 2.

Surgery, Largo Medical Center, Largo, USA.

Necrotizing soft tissue infections are aggressive infections that cause necrosis of muscle, fascia, and tissue. They typically follow fascial planes that lack insufficient blood supply. Early drainage and debridement are essential for survival in these patients. This is a case of a patient who presented in diabetic ketoacidosis with a necrotizing soft tissue infection localized to the left flank and abdomen with underlying colon cancer pathology. The patient was a 54-year-old female who initially presented with acute dyspnea and left flank pain for two weeks. On admission, she was afebrile, tachycardic, tachypneic, and hypertensive. After being transferred to the ICU for diabetic ketoacidosis management, she began complaining of left abdominal pain and the CT showed concerns for a possible necrotizing soft tissue infection in the left flank region. She was taken to the operating room immediately for debridement and started on broad-spectrum antibiotics. The next day, an exploratory laparotomy was performed with a hemicolectomy and creation of an end colostomy due to concern for a perforated colonic malignancy. A final debridement was completed and a wound vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) was placed. Final pathology demonstrated well-differentiated colonic adenocarcinoma invading into the muscularis propria. Overall, necrotizing soft tissue infections can be related to a perforated viscus especially a colonic malignancy and this case demonstrates the importance of proper surgical management and high clinical suspicion for possible underlying pathology in a soft tissue infection.
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September 2021

Injury reporting rates and injury concealment patterns differ between high-school cirque performers and basketball players.

Med Probl Perform Art 2011 Dec;26(4):200-5

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA.

Objective: The performing arts style of cirque has grown in popularity, with high-school participants increasingly practicing this style. Still, little research has examined the injury reporting rates and patterns in this population. Our study aimed to compare injury reporting rates and injury concealment patterns between high-school cirque performers and a peer-group of basketball players.

Methods: Fifty participants (30 cirque, 20 basketball) completed a 12-item injury history and concealment instrument with chi-squared analyses and Fisher's exact tests comparing groups (p = 0.05).

Results: While no group differences (p = 0.36) existed in injuries reported, basketball players were more likely (p = 0.01) to miss participation due to injury than cirque performers. No significant difference existed between participants regarding which healthcare provider they reported to first (p = 0.27), but basketball players reported their injuries to the athletic trainer at higher rates (50%) than cirque performers (20%). A nonsignificant trend (p = 0.08) was noted in promptness to report injury, with more cirque performers (13%) concealing their injuries than basketball players (5%). Several reasons were noted for concealment of injury, with the most common being the belief that the injury would "go away" on its own. Knee injuries were most common in basketball players (23.7%) and back and knee injuries (10.5% each) in cirque performers.

Conclusions: Despite similar injury rates, cirque participants concealed injuries more than peer-basketball players. Reasons may include losing performance roles, unfamiliarity and low trust with healthcare providers, ignorance about initially minor-looking injuries, and higher pain tolerance thresholds. Education and communication are essential to allow performing artists to seek healthcare support. Research is needed to appropriately understand and meet the needs of this underserved performing artist population.
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December 2011